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  • 07/28/2014 1:45 PM | Mike Morris

    We are hiring a full-time Sustainable Agriculture Specialist to join us at our office in San Antonio. The specialist will work directly with farmers and ranchers on organic certification, crop and livestock production, soil health, water quality, and other topics. Here's an opportunity to promote sustainable farming and ranching and strengthen local and regional food systems in Texas, New Mexico, and the Southwest.. Candidates with backgrounds in agronomy, horticulture, livestock, and other agricultural specialties are all welcome to apply.

    Information is available at Or contact Mike Morris at NCAT:

  • 07/26/2014 7:53 AM | Anonymous

    Just starting [30 acres] some solar pumping annd drip irrigation in already High Tunel grant approved and be puting up in couple of months/offering a piece of the place to the right folks/if you got no money we can still work something out for the right people//got Shiitake production started and lots of oak to keep it going want full diet sustianability and hopefully full solar off grid posible//small shop building insulated and air easily made livable till you build/contact Lou&Aggie 903-684-3862

  • 06/11/2014 10:26 AM | James Creamer

    Hello everyone,


       Vermi-Tex will be in full-scale, commercial production of organic, soil conditioning products by the end of the year.  We will be manufacturing vermi-casts, vermi-compost and vermi-tea based on the latest vermi-agroproduction technology methods.

       We will have a storefront centrally located in Nolanville, TX and a production facility close to Temple, TX.  Although we are in our infancy, we plan to be producing thousands of pounds of worm products a month.

       Our web page is still under construction, but we hope to have that up soon.  If anyone is interested in learning more about our products, please give me a call.  I would love to hear from you.


    Regards and have a great day,


    Jim "Bubba" Creamer


  • 05/27/2014 7:14 PM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    • Built on old cotton wagon running gear with new set of used tires. 
    • Frame constructed from #1 grade treated 2x10  lumber bolted together using ¼” galvanized corners, angles and back-up plates. 
    • Main coop floor area screened with poultry wire on top and 2x4 welded wire on bottom of 2x10 frame.  Slatted 2x4 walkway down center isle. 
    • Front 2’ of coop has a separate screened area with solid floor intended for feed, supplies, etc. 
    • Four six-hole metal egg boxes mounted outboard, two each side with exterior drop-down access doors.
    • Exterior covered in galvalume R-panel.  ½” hardware cloth over windows & exterior doors.
    • Hinged ramp for bird access.

    We have about $3000 invested and would obviously take cash; however, would also consider trading for grass-fed meats (could be scheduled out over a year or other arrangement).

    Feel free to call if you have questions or would like to stop by to look over the coop.

    Randy & TJ Penn

  • 05/19/2014 1:24 PM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    Beginning organic farmer with own farm in Cleveland Texas wanting to intern for experience!
    Please contact Linda Anderson @ 832-229-2639 or

  • 04/18/2014 12:06 PM | Glynn Schanen
     Nueces county farm with 86 acres cropland-dry and 7 acres along creek currently planted in red milo and conventionally tilled.  Owner is interested in having operator convert to organic. Currently opportunities are available for white milo. Will consider other crops.
    Glynn Schanen
    3 Colorado Trail
    Wimberley, Texas 78676
  • 03/27/2014 10:07 AM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    For job details please click on link below:

  • 02/06/2014 10:19 AM | Leslie McKinnon TOFGA Region 2 Director (Administrator)

    The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a leading national nonprofit organization in advocating for small farmers and local food producers. We are looking for an energetic, conscientious and detail-oriented individual, who enjoys making a positive difference, to work as a part-time administrative assistant. The position will include work on-site at our office in Cameron, TX.

    • Provide administrative support: Membership management: enter new memberships and renewals into database; send confirmations; run reports as needed
    • Member support: respond to inquiries about FARFA’s work via phone and email
    • Generate, maintain, and manage financial documents, including quarterly tax forms
    • Provide support for special events, including coordinating among staff and volunteers to ensure good communications among team members and that deadlines are met 
    • Special projects as assigned

    • High School Diploma
    • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, email, internet
    • Proficient database entry skills 
    • Strong customer service and communication skills, over the phone and email
    • Organizational skills and the ability to manage projects without supervision 
    • Can handle sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality

    For 2014, we are looking for a part-time position of approximately 10-12 hours/week. The position has the potential to expand in the future. $10/hr Some of the work may be done from home, but most of the work will require being in person at the office in Cameron, TX.
    Please send resume to:

  • 12/18/2013 12:11 PM | Lana Byrne
    Permaculture Dream Job Opportunity:  
    Garden Manager for the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity!

    Position Title:  Live in Garden Manager

    Description:  Full time live-in gardener to oversee and implement the daily activities of the Community Garden; Minimum One-Year committment

    Is your dream to be a skilled permaculturist and experienced gardener? Do you enjoy teaching permaculture and related subjects? Well, this Garden Manager position just might be the perfect role for you!

    The Garden Manager will be the person in charge of maintaining the annual and perennial garden systems at the Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity in Dallas, Texas. This will involve lots of planting, garden planning, harvesting, weeding, mulching, making compost, and leading groups of volunteers and interns in garden work. One of the other main duties of the garden manager will be to assist in the teaching and running of courses at the Convent, which will occur on a regular basis here.

    The main remuneration for this position will not be financial, but rather the experience of a lifetime – living in and helping manage a successful permaculture community and education center. Although we expect applicants to come with existing permaculture skills and qualifications, you will also pick up a ton of new skills and knowledge while here. The position includes room and a share of the garden harvest on-site within the community. The garden manager will have their own private building residence to live in with electricity and running water. 

    Qualifications and Experience

    Minimum Qualifications:

         English proficiency

         Demonstrated experience working in permaculture and/or organic agricultural systems

         Gardening experience and knowledge, preferably 2+ years

         Leadership skills

         Organized and proactive personality

         Mentally, physically, and spiritually well-balanced without substance abuse or mental health problems

         Ability to lift up to 40+ lbs

         Background check and three references required  

         Commitment to the values and ethics of permaculture

         Driver’s license or ability to drive


    Strongly Desired:

         Spanish language skills

         University graduate with relevant degree (horticulture, agroecology, environmental science, etc.)

         Market garden experience

         Demonstrated teaching and/or environmental education experience

         Demonstrated Integrated Pest Management experience

         Demonstrated experience managing crews of workers/volunteers

         Other relevant specialized skills


    How to apply:

    To apply for this position, send a resume and cover letter to:

         The deadline for applications is January 15th although late applications may be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

         See more information about our organization at:  

  • 12/03/2013 10:44 AM | Jen Mack

    Join us on the front lines of sustainability, bringing fresh, organic produce to Austin residents and businesses. As our farmer, you will be an active part of Austin’s tight-knit community of urban farms and an integral part of the local food movement.

    We take up four acres on a quiet street in east Austin, with a diversity of neighbors and three other urban farms nearly within earshot. We raise chickens and goats in addition to growing organic produce, and we participate in and host many community events, such as the East Austin Urban Farm Tour, Shakespeare on the Farm, and our annual Gumbo Cook-Off.  To dig deeper, check us out at    

    A farmer to oversee and implement the daily agricultural activities of the farm, including:
    • Maintenance of farm tools/tiller and irrigation systems
    • Management of farm labor (including workers, volunteers, and interns)
    • Crop planning, planting, maintenance, harvest, and post-harvest processing and distribution
    • Greenhouse management and production
    • Leading tours and interacting with the public for events
    • Minimal social media help

    Additionally, a successful candidate will:
    • Have a passion for organic farming and the local food movement
    • Have organic farming experience or relevant education and should be able to contribute ideas on how to expand and diversify operations
    • Be creative, efficient, organized and self motivated (able to work alone and to supervise and work with others)
    • Have excellent communication skills and a good attitude
    • Be physically capable of working long days and lifting 40+ lbs
    • Be detail oriented towards organic records management and financial accountability

    Part- to full-time position
    Housing provided

    We do a lot with a little space. If you’d like to get cozy and work hard with us, please email your resume to or call us at 512-386-7633.
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